Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Andy Ostroy Lies About What Ron Paul Said About His Economic Roots
Ostroy claims Ron Paul said he “grew up through the Depression”. A closer look reveals the Congressman did not actually say this
by Larry Simons
December 12, 2011
In Andy Ostroy’s latest article, “The GOP Candidates Do Monty Python's “Four Yorkshiremen” [Dec. 11], Ostroy writes about the moment during Saturday’s ABC Iowa debate when Diane Sawyer asks the candidates about a time in their lives when they had a personal financial strain.
“But the most fun came at the end of the debate when the candidates were asked what financial sacrifices they had made in their lives. And as my friend Paul keenly observed, this is when the debate turned into Monty Python's hilarious "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch where a bunch of snooty aristocrats wax nostalgic about their difficult upbringings, trying to out-poor each other with one absurd claim after another.
Perry said he his house didn't have running water until he was six, and that his mother sewed his clothes until he went off to college. Gingrich said he was raised in an apartment above a gas station. Ron Paul told of growing up through the Depression. Michele Bachmann said she had to work at 13 because her single mom fell below the poverty line. Romney sheepishly admitted he hadn't been poor, but that his father had been.”
I found it odd that Ostroy includes a clip of the Monty Python sketch in his article, but omits a clip of this segment of the debate in which the candidates actually give their answers.
Here is the clip. Ron Paul’s answer is at 8:07 into it. Notice Ron Paul never states he “grew up through the Depression”
In fact, Congressman Paul admits that he was rather fortunate despite growing up in a poor family and a poor era. Ostroy also omits that when Ron Paul started his own private practice in 1968, he often lowered fees for patients and worked for free. Even today as a Congressman he refuses to sign up for the Congressional pensions that he is entitled to because he says it’s immoral. Yeah, a real elitist prick Ron Paul is!
I left this post on his blog. It will never see the light of day, so I include it here:
“Ron Paul never said he “grew up through the depression”. His exact words were, “I feel very fortunate because, although I was raised in a system, in a family that was rather poor, but we didn’t even know it. It was during the depression/WW II, we didn't have very much and I worked my way through college and that was a natural instinct because that's what you were supposed to do...”
“Raised in a system that was rather poor” is not the same as “growing up through the depression”. But why should facts matter to you?”
“Growing up through the Depression” would imply that Ron Paul was born in the time frame of around 1915-1920 and that he was literally “growing up” during the Depression years of 1929-1933. In fact, the Depression only lasted until roughly 1933, two years before Ron Paul was born. WWII began in 1939 and ended in 1945, so it becomes obvious that Ron Paul was simply lumping the two events [Great Depression/WWII or 1929-1945] together.
He is right actually. The Depression/WW II era lasted from 1929-1945. Ron Paul was born in 1935. He was 10 years old in 1945. So, Ron Paul is correct when he stated that he was raised in a poor system. Nothing Ron Paul said was exaggerated or inflated to imply that his humble beginnings were better than they actually were.
So, what’s Ostroy’s problem? Simple: Ostroy loves lumping Ron Paul in with the rest of these elitist goons so he can marginalize his campaign, whilst at the same time continually supporting elitist and Wall Street-funded Obama.
Doesn’t get more hypocritical than that, folks.